If you're not one of the most talented teams in college football, you won't have a chance to win the national championship. It is as simple as that.
Recruiting rankings are often maligned, but it is pretty clear by now that in order to contend for a title, you need to have a baseline level of talent. It's no coincidence that Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and others find themselves at or near the top of team recruiting rankings on a yearly basis.
With the 2019 season set to fully begin this weekend, 247Sports has updated its Team Talent Composite. This metric "examines and ranks every FBS team – accounting for transfers, dismissals and other early departures – based on how their players ranked in high school."
Not surprisingly, Alabama is No. 1 on the list, followed by Ohio State and Georgia. You might be surprised at the No. 4 and No. 8 teams though, given recent on-field results.
Here is the full top 10:
Of those 10 teams, eight have bona fide College Football Playoff hopes this season. USC and Florida State don't, which is probably why Clay Helton's seat is nuclear hot and Willie Taggart's is trending that way.
The full 247Sports Team Talent Composite rankings can be found here.